Exclusive! Scion xD and xB Break Out From Their Embargo Box

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No idea where they got it from or how they got it Seems Car and Driver is actually the ones who broke the embargo, but since GM Inside News broke it earlier this AM, we've got it here — the new Scion xD, pictured above, and the Scion xB, pictured below the jump. Here's what the folks over at GMIN have to say:

"More significant, however, is xB's all-new compact-car platform, which represents a move away from the xD—the replacement for the previous xB's platformmate, the xA—which has transitioned to the Yaris' subcompact architecture. As such, the all-new xB offers more space inside for guitars, amps, and retro-punk hairdos. Gone are the moronic center-mounted gauges, replaced by a more stylish, more conventional dashboard arrangement.

The news gets even better under the hood, where a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (shared with the tC) making 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque replaces the wimpy 103-hp 1.5-liter four-pot of xB version 1.0. Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions deliver the newfound power to the front wheels, the latter with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters."

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Chicago: Scion xB & xD [GM Inside News]

Related:
Scion to Launch Two New Models in '07, Drop xA, xB [internal]

DISCUSSION

The bigger engine for the xB, which they've been using in the tC since the beginning, is the base engine for the Camry.

It was just a matter of time before they shoehorned it into the xB.

I think it's highly possible that the tC's supercharger will fit, but I guess we won't know until Scion comes up with the accessory packages for this year.